My engine is ticking! Find out 3 possible reasons
Is your engine making a tick tick sound? A ticking sound can be annoying and attracts attention. However, there may be a problem with your engine or simply you just need a tune up! so let’s begin.
1. Check your engine for adequate oil. A low oil level can cause ticking noises because the moving parts are not properly lubricated. Simply check the dip stick to ensure proper oil level. If the oil level is below the full marking, top off the engine more oil.
2. Another possible reason is low oil pressure. Check if the oil check light is on. If the engine’s light is on, that means the vehicle has low oil pressure. To check this problem, take your car to the mechanic and have them check the condition of the oil pump. The oil pump may have failed and cause the low oil pressure.
3. The third reason is a leaky exhaust manifold or a loose valve. This is a common problem in some older vehicle and surprisingly in new vehicles as well. A leaky manifold is due to a bad exhaust manifold gasket. Overtime the gasket loses its function due to rust, warp, and could no longer hold its shape. A leaky manifold can also be caused by cracks in the manifold. To fix this problem, replace the manifold gasket or replace the manifold if it is cracked.